I'm so mad at myself. I have a few other fanfiction stories that I write and focus on. But every once in a while I'll go to my profile and remember, OMG I HAVE A NARUTO STORY PEOPLE NEED UPDATING.
Yeah, I'm a horrible person, I will fully acknowledge that, lol. Anyway, this chapter is short but it's just a filler. The next one will be longer and, hopefully, come sooner. Thank you to anyone who is sticking with this story. You guys obviously have a lot of patience for me. I just hope I'm providing enough enjoyment for you guys with this story.
Disclaimer: I don't own Naruto.
Sasuke shifted uncomfortably. Twice he had stood up, three times he had crossed and un-crossed his legs and about five times he had shifted from crossed-arms to arms-on-head.
His nerves were on edge to say the least, and the fact that his ex-friend was asleep right beside him didn't exactly help. It was currently nightfall. Hours after Sakura had passed out. The Uchiha, no matter how much he wanted to deny it, couldn't help but feel anxiety and worry creep its ugly face on him. She should've been awake by now. What was going on in her head?
The root of his irritation and nervousness did not just stem from her though, but his other teammate and sensei as well. They had left to fetch water, but it has been so long that Tazuna had already fallen asleep, snoring comfortably his sleeping bag.
Sasuke looked and noticed that the fire was going out, for the third time.
He sighed and walked over, grabbing a few logs they had gathered earlier and tossed it on top of the already-charred wood. He rapidly did a few hand seals to perform a simple Gokakyu no Jutsu. Fingers to his mouth, Sasuke blew out just a small ball of fire, sparking up the wood until it roared into a calming flame.
He huffed and went back to sit beside Sakura, not liking to leave her side.
Five minutes had passed before he decided to speak. "When're you planning to wake up, loser?" he said.
He closed his eyes. "You're jeopardizing the mission. If there's anything I know about you, that's the last thing you want. So just...wake the hell up already."
His intention was to sound mad, but he found himself unable to voice anything but a low mumble.
Sasuke also wished to stop talking, feeling silly. He had heard though, that sometimes a person can hear while asleep. So, with that tiny spark of hope in him, Sasuke kept talking. More than he had in a long time.
Unknown to him, Sakura was in fact listening. She just wasn't aware of it at the time.
"What is that annoying voice?" I groaned, pressing harder against my ears. "It won't shut up!"
Kakashi laughed and took a bite of another strawberry, his buck teeth clattering like a chipmunk. I cringed, wondering how he managed to fit that poor fruit through those giant pair of red lips.
"You know," I said, "I always wondered what you hid underneath that mask. Now I wish you never showed me."
Kakashi raised an eyebrow before pulling his blue mask back onto his face. It's mean to say, but it was such an improvement.
"Why do you think I hid it?" he asked.
I sighed. "Well, that's one mystery of life solved. Now another one; how did I end up on top of the Hokage monuments with you?"
"You brought me here, remember?"
I shook my head and we were wrapped in silence for a moment. Kakashi passed me a strawberry and I took it gingerly, waiting for an Ichigo comment. But it never came. In fact, he hadn't made fun of me or spoken much of anything this whole time. And it felt like we've been sitting on top of the second Hokage's head for days.
The breeze was light and warm, fanning my face and running it's fingers through my hair. It was nice and calming. Certainly an improvement after-
Something pounded in my head, hard. I was suddenly light-headed.
"Sakura," Kakashi said, his voice distant, "why did you bring me here? Did you want to talk?"
"I-I don't-I need-" The words stumbled out my mouth like a baby trying to take its first steps. "Why do you sound so far away?"
"Because this is a dream," he replied simply.
I blinked and was suddenly weightless. The ground beneath me disappeared and there was nothing but sky and air. I began to fall, but there was no fear, only a sense of freedom. Without thinking, I stretched an arm out in front of me, feeling the wind caress my skin.
I closed my eyes, wanting the feeling to last forever. But a hand grabbed my wrist and everything stopped. My breath caught and my eyes snapped open and I was on the ground.
"This isn't real," a voice said. "Your friends need you back."
A women stood in front of me, but my vision was fuzzy as my head spun from the recent fall. I had no time to see her clearly, or even speak, before she continued. "Dreams are nice, but reality is waiting for you."
She smiled and I found myself frozen, staring at her green eyes.
A second later, I was staring at darkness. No, not darkness. Eyes. Dark eyes.
"Sasuke?" I mumbled, voice raspy and dry.
For just a split second, something like relief crossed his face. But he cleared his throat and his usual scowl was in its rightful place.
"About time," he said curtly. "It's nightfall already. We wasted a whole day waiting for you to wake up."
Normally, I'd snap back, but my mind was too weak to come up with anything except, "You're mean..."
He was surprised by my response and quickly looked away. It was quiet for a while before he reached over and picked up a water bottle that rested beside him. "Drink this, you sound thirsty."
I tried to sit up, using my elbows as leverage, but only collapsed back down. My body was hot and aching. How embarrassing. Sasuke was surely going to make a comment.
But he didn't. He didn't even show pity. His face was blank as he put a hand to my back. With a groan, I managed to sit up with his help. My head was in vertigo and it didn't help that the trees around me looked like they were dancing.
"Wow," I said. "Is this was hangovers feel like?"
He smirked. "Probably. Here, drink."
Sasuke handed me the water bottle and gripped my shoulders since I kept swaying, causing most of the water to fall onto my shirt.
I drank and he tried to make me lay back down, but I shook my head lightly. "I want to see everyone." My eyes slowly scanned our camp sight. A fire was going on a few feet away from me. Tazuna was snoring in his sleeping bag. But there were two people missing.
Sasuke explained, "Kakashi and Naruto brought back water. But since you were still asleep they decided to go scout the area, making sure it's safe for the night."
"I'm useless," I said.
"You're running a fever," he corrected. I raised an eyebrow and touched a hand to my forehead, flinching as my bones ached. Wow, I hadn't even noticed. "You should go back to sleep."
Sasuke helped me back onto my back and, shockingly, fixed my blanket to cover most of my body. "Sleep," he simply said.
Which I did about a second later. And, this time, no dreams followed.
"Sakura-chan!" I cringed, having just stood up not even two seconds ago before my entire body was wrapped in a rather tight hug. "I'm so happy your alright!"
I was having trouble breathing and felt my face turn blue.
"Knock it off dobe," Sasuke lectured, grabbing the blonde by his collar and hoisting him off me. I gasped, gulping air with greed and sent Sasuke a look of gratitude.
Naruto rubbed the back of his head while laughing nervously. "Sorry, I got a little carried away. How's your fever? Teme said you woke up last night but couldn't even sit up."
I glared at Sasuke, hating the way he phrased last night's events. "I sat up just fine. Had a fever, but that's all. Beside, it's gone now." To prove my words, I jumped up and down a few times, stretching my arms high above my head. "See?"
"What happened though?" Naruto asked.
Sasuke suddenly seemed more interested in our conversation and the two boys began to crowd over me, staring with much curiosity in their furrowed brows.
"Nothing," I said, searching for a good excuse. "It's…just…my first battle! And I guess, seeing Kakashi-sensei get ripped apart like that, well, took a lot out of me."
Naruto nodded his head in understanding. "It was both our first battle. Don't worry your not the only one who froze up!"
I smiled at that. He'd normally never admit something like that. The little guy's trying to make me feel better. Sweet.
I frowned, wondering why I was reluctant to tell them about my dream. It's not like anything important had happened. Still, the women that had appeared...I felt like my meeting with her was something private. Something that was only between the two of us. As crazy as that sounded at least.
"Hey," Sasuke called out calmly, catching my attention.
He smirked in a joshing manner. "You sure you're not hurt? Scaredy cat."
"What?" I glared, getting even more offended when he just turned and walked calmly over to his stuff. I had only taken one stomp towards the boy when I felt a hand on my shoulder. Turning, Naruto had a serious expression mixed in with a small smile. He looked so...humble. It had me raising an eyebrow.
"Sakura-chan," he said, "instead of fighting Sasuke, you really should be thanking him."
"What do you mean?" I asked, baffled at his words. Most of the time, Naruto and Sasuke were at each others throats. I'd think Naruto would be happy at the prospect of Sasuke's demise by my fists.
He glanced at Sasuke, who was out of hearing range, smirking. "Because while you were sleeping, he stayed by your side the entire time. He actually didn't get any sleep last night."
"He-really?" I asked, averting my eyes over to Sasuke. I gaped, seeing that Naruto was right. Even from a few feet away, I could see dark circles deeply set around Sasuke's eyes.
Was he that worried about me?
I gulped and my cheeks heated up, trying to keep up with my now speeding heart. It felt...nice. In fact, I got a strange satisfaction at the idea that Sasuke, well, cared about me. But I pushed the thought aside, not wanting to think to deeply about it. If I did, certain feelings that aren't really there could bring on something I did not want; hope.
As if on cue, a certain Uchiha glanced up and caught my stare. I narrowed my eyes and he raised a brow before going back to what he was doing.
As I bent down to pack up my own supplies, I reminded myself not to get too wrapped up in any gesture Sasuke does. No need to repeat the past, now that we were teammates.
My frown returned, and it didn't let up for a while after that.
Again, sorry for it being short. I'm just glad I got a chapter out.